"Youth Speaks Poet" by Carmen Almodovar and Brietta O'Neal explores the importance of poetry in the life of a young San Francisco artist, Sara Daley. An active participant in the San Francisco based organization YouthSpeaks, Sara writes poetry to express her views about the war in Iraq, her family and friends. The video shows how the arts can be a source of strength, clarity, and community in young peoples lives. ( 4 reviews ) Topics: poetry, youth, war in iraq
An animated response to a musical song/story by the British group Madness, "Our House" was designed and animated by students 12 to 15 years old, and originated entirely on flipbooks. ( 7 reviews ) Topics: Family Values, Freedom of Expression, Personal Responsibility
When his home in Afghanistan was bombed, Assadullah Bakhtiar was sent to live alone in Russua for five years. Now living in the United States, Assadullah works to understand death, love, religion, and the importance of family. Topics: Fear/Security, Religion, Refugees
This is a lively visual response to the Ella Fitzgerald classic, designed and animated by students 8 to 11 years old, and originating entirely on flipbooks. Topics: Trustworthiness, Personal Responsibility, Community
Part of Listen Up!'s "The Way We See It: Youth Speak Out on Education" project. Putting on a helmet, goggles and jock strap, Mr. Sears stands on a field with his high school physics class ready to launch their rockets. Whoever hits him gets an "A." On the other side of school, clapping and shouting dance instructions to rival Debbie Allen of Fame, Ms. James does a funky dance sequence as her students mirror her perfectly. These two teachers are not only professionals in... Topics: education, youth, arts
Vicki Chan, senior at Skyline High school, shows us how two Oakland Public School teachers transfer their knowledge into interactive teaching techniques that literally get their students up and cheering. Mr. Sears stands on a field with his high school physics class ready to launch their rockets, putting on a helmet, goggles and jock strap,. Whoever hits him gets an "A." On the other side of school, clapping and shouting dance instructions to rival Debbie Allen of Fame, Ms. James does...
When her mother left to start a new family, Shenelle spent each day waiting for her return and dancing alone. A video poem, featuring Shavonne Lawson, a student at the Mark Morris Dance Studio. Topics: Family, Divorce, Dance
What is a political Convention? How does it affect a city? Why is it important for youth to be involved in politics? Does your vote count? How does the electoral college system work? These are just a few of the questions that were asked by a delegation of Youth Channel producers who recently returned from a four-day adventure to Boston. Topics: DNC, politics, BUSH
This youth produced documentary takes a hard, honest look at the Connecticut Juvenile Traning School as youth guide you through an unprecedented on camera tour of the facility and ask an important and provocative question: at what cost and to what benefit does Connecticut incarcerate its youth? Topics: Juvenile Justice, youth, activism
Vicki, who is approaching High School graduation, examines who she is and where she is going. This exploration brings her to investigate her relationship to her grandmother, a holocaust survivor whom ( 1 reviews ) Topics: holocaust, youth, vicki
Two years ago, Jamaal was going nowhere fast with poor grades, second-rate test scores and little support from home. Yet, Jamal will graduate High School with a 3.73 grade point average and head to college with a prestigious $100,000 Posse Fellowship where he will pursue his dream of being an engineer. How did such a drastic change occur? "I had some teachers that turned me around," he concludes, "they didnít give up on me, they encouraged me. They refused to let me fail."...